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The Journal of Emergency Medical Services Announce the 2018 John P. Pryor, MD/ Street Medicine Society Award
CHARLOTTE, NC –  Benjamin J. Lawner, DO, MS, EMT-P, FACEP, has been awarded the 2018 John P. Pryor, MD/Street Medicine Society Award at the EMS Today conference in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Benjamin J. Lawner is recognized as an emergency medicine advocate focusing on clinical and educational excellence. Dr. Lawner is currently the Medical Director of Prehospital Services for Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His academic and operational responsibilities include oversight for EMS agencies, a critical care transport program, and graduate medical education in emergency medical services. D...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership EMS Today Source Type: news

The Journal of Emergency Medical Services Announce the 2018 James O. Page/JEMS Leadership Award
CHARLOTTE, NC – Dr. Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P has been awarded the 2018 James O. Page/JEMS Leadership Award at EMS Today 2018 in Charlotte, NC. This award recognized Dr. Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P as a leader, professor and visionary to the field and future of emergency medical services (EMS). The James O. Page/JEMS Leadership Award is given to individuals or agencies who have exhibited the drive and tenacious effort necessary to develop improved EMS systems, resolve important EMS issues and bring about positive EMS system changes. Walt Stoy recognized that Emergency Medical care was his calling at the age of 15, when he enro...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership EMS Today Source Type: news

EMS10: Innovators in EMS Award Winners Announced at EMS Today 2018
The winners of this year’s EMS10: Innovators in EMS awards were announced Tuesday, Feb. 20, at an exclusive banquet, hosted as part of EMS Today 2018 in Charlotte, N.C. A panel of professional EMS colleagues and peers selected the distinguished winners, who each displayed initiative, creative thinking, action-orientation and a desire to positively impact EMS, patients and their communities. This year's winners are: Paul Banerjee, DO Medical Director, Polk County (Fla.) Fire Rescue Dr. Paul Banerjee is recognized for developing and teaching new life-saving resuscitation techniques for pediatric out-of-h...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sarah Ferguson, MA Tags: Administration and Leadership EMS Today Source Type: news

FirstNet Brings High Quality, Efficient Care Directly to the Patient
FirstNet brings a high-quality, efficient communications network to the field Photos courtesy FirstNet Senior Public Safety Liaison, Kyle S. Richardson Ask any EMT or paramedic why they do what they do, and I can almost promise you they'll all give some form of the same answer: They went into this field to help people. Quality patient care and positive outcomes are at the very core of EMS. Today's EMS responders have tremendous capabilities to provide care to our patients, and to a very limited degree that capability is enhanced using mobile broadband communication with our medical direction system. Unfortunately, befo...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Brent Williams, EMT-P Tags: Communications & Dispatch Operations Source Type: news

Paramedics for Children is Making a Difference in Honduras
Making a difference in Honduras In 1997, Rodger Harrison started Paramedics for Children, a nonprofit that provides medical care to people in northern Honduras and throughout Central America. Photo courtesy Rodger Harrison One afternoon in 1997, a gregarious American paramedic was practicing his Spanish language skills in a bar in Copán Ruinas, Honduras, when an urgent plea for help filtered through the door. "There's a kid hurt," recalled Rodger Harrison. "They thought I was a doctor. There was not a doctor in town who would treat the poor people, so I got involved." He asked about an...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kate Dernocoeur, NREMT Tags: Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Report Sheds Light on Opioid Industry's Role in Epidemic
WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications' use, according to a report released Monday by a U.S. senator. The investigation by Missouri's Sen. Claire McCaskill sheds light on the opioid industry's ability to shape public opinion and raises questions about its role in an overdose epidemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives. Representatives of some of the drugmakers named in the report said they did not set conditions on how the money was to be spent or force the group...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matthew Perrone and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

In Small Counties, Dispatcher-Led CPR Instruction Leaves Call Centers Short-Staffed
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- A bill that would require 9-1-1 dispatchers in Wisconsin to receive training on how to walk callers through CPR administration could put a strain on short-staffed call centers. Several counties across the state like Dane, Columbia and Rock already require their dispatchers to receive CPR training. Director of Dane County 911, John Dejung, says in 2017, dispatchers saved eleven lives by giving CPR information over the phone. "We know, from our own experience, that it truly can be life saving," Dejung said. He spoke in favor of the proposal at a Senate public hearing on Tuesday. Sm...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NBC15/WMTV Tags: News Videos Cardiac & Resuscitation Communications Dispatch Source Type: news

United Hatzalah Opens New Chapter in Kiev, Inaugurates Ambulance in Uman
Jerusalem - A moving ceremony took place on Sunday night in the central Chabad house of Kiev in Ukraine. 20 new volunteer EMTs graduated from their lengthy training program and will now be joining United Hatzalah's worldwide network of EMS volunteers. The EMT first responders will provide first aid and EMS coverage to all medical emergencies that take place in the Jewish communities in and around Kiev and throughout Ukraine. Among the attendees at the ceremony were the Vice President of United Hatzalah Eli Pollack, CEO of United Hatzalah Moshe Teitelbaum, Deputy CEO of United Hatzalah Lazar Hyman, Chief Rabbi of Kiev and U...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Raphael Poch, United Hatzalah Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Leading Ambulance Makers Demers and Braun Announce Merger
Beloeil, Quebec, and Van Wert, Ohio – In a major industry move, Demers Ambulances, a Quebec-based leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of ambulances in Canada, is merging with Braun Industries, Inc., a leader in custom ambulance manufacturing based in Ohio serving customers throughout the U.S. In a press conference held to announce the merger, Demers and Braun officials emphasized the great synergy between the two manufacturers; both are third-generation family businesses with deeply-rooted family values, a commitment to safety and a passion for their people. Innovation & Growth The goal of ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Lessons on Partnerships in EMS
Lessons on working together from a constant companion I lost a great partner in December; perhaps the best I've ever worked with. He was strong and smart; he was always ready and eager to go to work (early); he was a quick and eager learner; he loved being a mentor to others; he took pride in his appearance and uniform; he loved working with and calming the fears of children, the elderly and the infirm; he always followed orders and suggestions presented to him; and he performed in accordance with protocols and standard operating procedures. Most importantly, he was in constant sync with me—mentally, visually and a...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Pinellas County (Fla.) EMS Implements Truly Effective Quality Improvement
Pinellas County (Fla.) EMS implements an effective QI process Photo James Zabon/courtesy RedFlash Group Has your quality improvement function actually made anything better? The honest answer for many EMS systems is, "No." For those that can say yes, better documentation is often cited as their evidence—not the kind of improvement that inspires thank you letters and cookies from grateful patients. The EMS system in Pinellas County, Fla., is one that's made measurable clinical improvements to the care that's provided to their patients and their community. Its success can be credited to deep collaboration ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Taigman Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

ESO Hires Brent Myers, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer
AUSTIN, Texas – ESO Solutions, Inc., the leading data and software company serving emergency medical services (EMS), hospitals and fire departments, today announced the hiring of Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAEMS as Chief Medical Officer. “We are honored and excited to add someone with Brent’s passion, talent and expertise to the ESO team,” said Chris Dillie, President and CEO of ESO. “Brent will play a significant role in the success of our customers as we continue to strengthen the medical rigor behind our applications that help the agencies, hospitals and industry we support turn data into...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Pro Bono: Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation in EMS
Managing the risks & liability of sleep deprivation in EMS Fatigue brought on by sleep deprivation can lead to serious and even tragic mistakes for EMS practitioners. The U.S. Department of Transportation identifies fatigue as the number one safety problem in transportation operations, costing more than $12 billion a year. Sleepy drivers can be as dangerous as alcohol-impaired drivers, and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that in 2015, more than 72,000 police reported crashes involved drowsy drivers. These crashes led to 41,000 injuries and more than 800 deaths.1 P. Daniel Patte...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - February 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

ESO Names Matt Walker Chief Operating Officer
AUSTIN, Texas-- ESO Solutions, Inc., the leading data and software company serving emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments and hospitals, today announced the addition of Matt Walker as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Walker will focus on the success of ESO's customers, attracting and retaining talent, acquisition integration as well as building out the processes and tools necessary to scale the business as it experiences rapid growth. "Matt brings a level of insight, business acumen and leadership expertise that will be invaluable to ESO as we realize our ambitions and deliver on our m...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

FDNY EMS Graduate Reunites with EMT Who Saved His Life
An EMS graduate had more than his family cheering him recently as he joined the ranks of the FDNY.   Joseph Bitetto, who graduated from the New York City Fire Department's EMS academy Thursday, was reunited with the emergency medical technician who'd saved his life 22 years ago after he was born early in his family's Brooklyn home. In 1996, Nick and Josephine Bitetto, Joseph Bitetto's parents, had to call 9-1-1 when she went into premature labor in the bathroom. Joseph Bitetto was born at just 28 weeks old. Both mother and newborn's lives were in danger. (Read more...) (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Enjoli Francis, Paulina Tam and Lenny Bourin, ABC News Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

CMC Marks 40th Anniversary with a Refreshed Brand, New Website, and Game-Changing 2018 Product Roadmap
CMC Rescue, the California-based company that’s dedicated to helping save lives and keeping people safe, today marked its 40th anniversary year with the introduction of a refreshed name, a new website and plans to introduce a series of groundbreaking products for both the rescue and rope access markets throughout 2018. According to CEO Rich Phillips, CMC Rescue will go forward as CMC, a company rooted in rescue that is now equipped with a brand identity that accurately reflects the expanded range of its business, and its commitment to providing all work-at-height professionals with innovative life safety gear and ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CMC Rescue Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

ZOLL 2018 Pulse Awards Open for Nominations
January 16, 2018—Chelmsford, MASS.—ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, today announced that the 2018 ZOLL PULSE Awards is now open for nominations. Nominations can be submitted online between now and March 16. The winners will be announced at SUMMIT, ZOLL’s annual user conference held May 8-10 in Denver. The intent of the ZOLL PULSE Awards is to recognize ZOLL customers who demonstrate commitment to improving outcomes: patient, financial, or operational. “Our mission with this program is to acknowledge deservin...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ZOLL Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Colleagues Remember Mecklenburg County, N.C. Paramedic
CONCORD, N.C. (WSOC) - Family, friends and co-workers said their final goodbyes to a paramedic who was shot and killed in Concord. A large processional and funeral was held Friday afternoon for Rebekah Hart-O'Sullivan who authorities said was shot and killed by her husband.   (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephanie Tinoco, WSOC Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Missile-Alert Error Reveals Uncertainty About How to React
HONOLULU (AP) — When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family didn't know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground floor of their Honolulu home. "What do we do?" he wondered. "Where do we go?" People should immediately seek shelter in a building "or other substantial structure," once an attack-warning siren sounds, according to guidance the state distributed previously. The state recommends having 14-day survival kit of food and water. Residents and tourists alike remained ratt...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Brian Melley, Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

NICE Opens Nominations for 2018 PSAPs ’ Finest Awards
Hoboken, N.J.  – NICE today announced that it has opened nominations for the 2018 PSAPs’ Finest Awards, an annual recognition program for emergency communications professionals now in its thirteenth year. Awards are presented each year in the following categories: Director, Line Supervisor, Technician, Trainer, Telecommunicator, Innovator, and PSAP of the Year. Since its inaugural year, the PSAPs’ Finest Awards program has recognized more than fifty deserving individuals employed in the field of emergency communications. Winners are selected by an independent judging panel from the 9-1-1 community...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NICE Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

In One Wisconsin Town, Volunteers are 'Tripling Up' on Public Safety
PALMYRA, Wisc. (TMJ4)  - In Palmyra, Wisconsin, a town of about 1,800 people, a firefighter is a police officer is an EMT. They're hiring people to be public safety officers and do every job. If you're sick or hurt and you call 9-1-1, you want someone there quickly. Across the country, budget cuts are making it more difficult to staff departments and keep up with demand. Palmyra doesn't have many emergencies, but when they do, the expectation is the same. "When you're in that situation, you want them there, you know, yesterday," said Heidi Deuster. Read more... (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Casey Geraldo, TMJ4 Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services (CoAEMSP) Will Celebrate its 40th Anniversary in 2018
Rowlett, TX--The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services (CoAEMSP), officially founded in 1978, will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018. Nearly 700 Paramedic educational programs have currently been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or hold the Letter of Review by CoAEMSP. This makes the CoAEMSP the largest committee on accreditation under its accrediting body, CAAHEP. "As we begin the 40th year of the CoAEMSP, I want to say how impressed I am with the EMS leaders who began this organization in...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

ESO Solutions Predicts Key EMS Trends for 2018
Austin, Texas – ESO Solutions, the leading data and software company serving emergency medical services, fire departments, and hospitals, today shared the trends it predicts will have the biggest impact on EMS organizations in 2018: EMS organizations will play a greater role in decision-making affecting patients; more EMS organizations will feel the influence of value-based purchasing by payers; integration and sharing of data and information between providers will increase; and finance changes will create uncertainty for EMS organizations. “2018 will see the healthcare reimbursement system remain in flux as we...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Kai Hjermstad, Pioneer in Minnesota's Community Paramedicine Efforts, Dies at 62
Scott County, Minn. (KSTP) - The paramedicine community has lost a pioneer. Kai Hjermstad died unexpectedly at his Elko-New Market home on Thursday. He was 62. Doctors confirmed he suffered a cardiac event. "It was shocking. He didn't have heart trouble," said his widow, Karen Hjermstad.   Karen was home when her husband collapsed in the garage, and she called 9-1-1. She recognized the first responders who worked to save her husband's life, because he had trained some of them.  Kai Hjermstad died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Beth McDonough, KSTP Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

Armed with More Opioid Prescription Data, Justice Department Aims to Stop Fraudulent Doctors
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The pain clinic tucked into the corner of a low-slung suburban strip mall was an open secret. Patients would travel hundreds of miles to see Dr. Andrzej Zielke, eager for what authorities described as a steady flow of prescriptions for the kinds of powerful painkillers that ushered the nation into its worst drug crisis in history. At least one of Zielke's patients died of an overdose, and prosecutors say others became so dependent on oxycodone and other opioids they would crowd his office, sometimes sleeping in the waiting room. Some peddled their pills near tumble-down storefronts and on blighted s...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sadie Gurman, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Effective Communication In EMS
Prevent medical errors & unnecessary spending with effective communication Medical errors, or preventable adverse events, are estimated to cause somewhere between 250,000 and 400,000 deaths in the United States every year.1 Experts say the most common causes of medical errors are communication problems and inadequate information flow.2 Perhaps more significant is that up to ten times as many patients may be seriously harmed but not killed.3 These cases often include those where providers don’t even realize the impact that mistakes might have on final outcomes. Miscommunication in EMS In the emergency setting, we ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: James Woodson, MD Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Reimbursement: What Does the Future Look Like?
  January is an excellent time to take a step back and ponder our future. What issues will be challenging our leadership this year? What trends have surfaced that require our attention? We’ll start the conversation with reimbursement. Year after year, it tops the list as we continue to see revenue erosion and rising expenses. In most states, reimbursement alone is inadequate to keep pace with our increasing costs. In addition, Medicare seems to always be looking for ways to reduce our payments. Due to the Affordable Care Act, the number of people covered by Medicaid, typically a poor payer (i.e., low levels of r...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACHE, FCEMSE Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Pro Bono: Can You Really Protect All Patient Information?
Patient privacy can only go so far Many communication practices play an important role in ensuring that a patient receives prompt and effective prehospital healthcare. Due to the nature of these practices, as well as the unique environment of EMS field medicine, the potential exists for the patient’s protected health information (PHI) to be disclosed “incidentally.” Incidental disclosure is part of the normal course of providing care to the patient, or, put another way, is “incident to” that care. A bystander may overhear an EMS provider’s conversation with another provider about the pat...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Is it Feasible to Promise Quality Patient Care While Slashing Budgets?
Is it feasible to promise quality while slashing budgets? Governmental entities throughout the United States continue to face tightening budgets, and public safety is facing increased scrutiny. EMS is the most vulnerable of the three public safety services, and this vulnerability has increased over the last two decades as large, for-profit ambulance conglomerates have swooped in and seduced elected officials with the promise of slashing budgets while improving quality. Sound too good to be true? That’s because it is. It seems counterintuitive that a private company can replace a publicly-funded service, decrease cost...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - January 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mark E.A. Escott, MD, MPH, FACEP Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Documentary Features San Diego Fire-Rescue NFFF Video Focuses on Health and Safety of Firefighters
When you’re the fire chief everyone expects you to have the answers. This includes your bosses in local government and most importantly the firefighters you lead. Fire chiefs tend to think they know where the fire is going, whether it’s the burning building threatening to take out the whole block or an internal crisis that presents a serious challenge for a department. In a new National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) documentary featuring San Diego Fire-Rescue, Chief Brian Fennessy talks about one critical incident the department faced where he didn’t envision the difficult path it would take. The ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 29, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

ZOLL Announces Keynote Speakers for Summit 2018
CHELMSFORD, MASS.—ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions,  has announced the keynote speakers for its annual conference, SUMMIT 2018, which will take place May 8-10 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. The 2018 event marks the 21st anniversary of the ZOLL-hosted conference. More than 700 EMS/Fire professionals are expected to attend the 3-day event, which features an educational curriculum combined with hands-on product training and support opportunities for emergency personnel. Top industry experts will discuss emerging tren...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 27, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ZOLL Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Steven Knight Becomes Partner at Fitch & Associates
PLATTE CITY, MO - Fitch & Associates, a leading public safety and health care consulting firm, has named Steven Knight partner, effective January 1, 2018. For more than three years, Dr. Knight has served as the firm’s Fire Service Practice Lead. In that role, he led numerous assessments of fire service operations in cities and counties across the country, including standards of cover reviews and strategic planning projects.   Dr. Knight joined the firm after serving as the Senior Manager for Fire and EMS at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Dr. Knight has more than two decades of e...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 27, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fitch & Associates Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

9-1-1 Calls Provide Vivid Account of Washington State Train Derailment
SEATTLE (AP) — Whimpering in pain, bleeding from head injuries and dazed by the enormity of the crash, victims in the Amtrak train derailment south of Seattle begged 911 dispatchers for help and said "tons of people" had been hurt. Dozens of emergency recordings released Wednesday by South Sound 911 Dispatch provided a vivid account of what happened during the deadly Dec. 18 crash. "My abdomen hurts really bad. I don't feel good," said a crying woman identified as Angela who was bleeding from her head and wailed in panic each time she couldn't find an answer to a dispatcher's questions. "I d...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 27, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sally Ho, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Illinois High School Student Brendan Gould Wins Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation's People Saving People Award
Illinois high school student Brendan Gould has been named winner of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation’s People Saving People Award for saving his father’s life with CPR. The announcement and award presentation took place at the Citizen CPR Foundation’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update conference on December 8 in New Orleans, LA. On February 6, 2016, Brendan, then 16, had been speaking with his father, Tom Gould, at their home in Barrington, when Tom suddenly collapsed, became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Brendan immediately called 911 and fortunately, CenCom 911 disp...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

St. Charles Co. Seniors 'Fill the Ambulance' With More Than Two Tons of Food
For thousands of families across our community, the holidays are a happy time; filled with parties, pageants and packages. Others, however, have a difficult time getting into the holiday spirit, because they're among the millions of Americans facing hunger. This week, residents at retirement facilities will partner with St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] Paramedics to ensure that pantry shelves in their community are fully stocked for those in need. The initiative is called 'Fill the Ambulance with Food', and it's been going strong for eight years in St. Charles County. This year, three new senior living comm...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: St. Charles County Ambulance District Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

ESO to Market TrackEMS System to Alert Hospitals of Incoming Critical EMS Patients
AUSTIN, Texas, December 14, 2017 -- ESO Solutions, Inc., and Innovative Communications, LLC, (InnoComm) have announced a new partnership to market TrackEMS, a system that notifies hospitals of incoming critical patients in real time, as an ESO product offering, officials with the two companies said. “With TrackEMS, paramedics and EMTs no longer need to interrupt patient care to give a radio report to the hospital about incoming patients,” said Allen Johnson, Vice President and General Manager of Analytics and Health Data Exchange at ESO. According to Johnson, TrackEMS allows delivery of critical patient info...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Officer Honored for Adopting Baby from Opioid Addicted Mom
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A routine call about an Albuquerque convenience store theft turned into a life-transforming moment for an officer who came across upon a pregnant woman he found using heroin. That officer later volunteered to adopt the unborn baby. Officer Ryan Holets and his wife, Rebecca, were honored Monday for adopting the baby girl they named Hope after the addicted mom agreed to let the couple raise her child. The baby is now 6-weeks-old and is recovering after being born with an opioid addiction. "We're blessed," Holets said. City officials called the officer's act selfless, said it gave the ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Russell Contreras, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Senator Coons Delivers Video Message to the International Association of EMS Chiefs Urging Support for Bipartisan Bill to Establish National EMS Memorial
WASHINGTON DC– U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) delivered a video message at the Leadership Summit of the International Association of EMS Chief’s in Washington D.C. In his message, Senator Coons noted that the commitment of EMS workers “exemplifies the finest traditions of the American spirit. This commemorative work is important because when we lose a service member on duty, the families, friends, and colleagues they leave behind have no nationally recognized place to acknowledge their loved ones and grieve.” Earlier this year, Senator Coons re-introduced S. 1692 National Emergency Medical Services...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National EMS Memorial Foundation Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

N.M. Paramedic Helps Young Cancer Patient With His 'Bucket List'
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) –They met only once, but a strong bond ties a local paramedic to her former patient. Now, she’s hoping to help grant a big wish for a child battling cancer. Paramedic Jennifer Saiz is a cancer survivor but her patient is still in the fight. She says his joyful spirit touched her so much, she wanted to help check off an item on his bucket list. At the Dimas’ household, there are plenty of presents wrapped under the tree. But what’s on 10-year-old Elijah’s Christmas list can’t be tied with a bow. “Visit the Pokémon center in Japan, get Nickelodeon...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Francesca Washington, KRQE Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Citizen CPR Foundation and PulsePoint Award $20,000 Grant to Sonoma County EMS/Save Lives Sonoma
NEW ORLEANS (December 12, 2017)— It is with a shared vision, to save lives from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) by stimulating effective community, professional and citizen action, that the PulsePoint Foundation and the Citizen CPR Foundation announce Sonoma County EMS/Save Lives Sonoma as the inaugural winner of the 2017 PulsePoint Grant Competition. The announcement was made at the 2017 Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) Conference in New Orleans. Three finalists were selected in advance of the ECCU Conference and invited to present their entries during the plenary session entitled: Innovation and Resuscitati...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: PulsePoint Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Jefferson County, Colorado Selects NICE Inform for New Consolidated 9-1-1 Center Merging Eight Regional Centers
Hoboken, N.J. – December 12, 2017 – NICE (Nasdaq: NICE) announced today that the Jefferson County Consolidated Communications Center Authority (JeffCom) will be deploying the full suite of NICE Inform communications recording and incident intelligence solutions to ensure the highest levels of service and public safety for residents of Jefferson County, Colorado. The center, which will phase in during early 2018, merges eight regional Public Safety Answering Points (Arvada Fire, Arvada Police, Evergreen Fire, Golden Police, Jefferson County Sheriff, Lakewood Police, West Metro Fire and Wheat Ridge Police) int...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NICE Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Allina Health EMS Announces New Hires to Senior Leadership Team
St. Paul, Minnesota. – Allina Health EMS announced today two new hires who have joined its senior leadership team. Joan Mellor will take on the role of Director of External Affairs, and Jim Soukup will join as the Communication Center Director for Allina Health EMS. Mellor previously served as the VP Organizational Planning & Development with Evolution Health, the revolutionary Mobile Integrated Healthcare start-up based in Dallas, Texas. She also previously worked at the Medtronic Foundation, where she led the National Heart Rescue Program and helped to start the Allina Health Heart Safe Community Program two de...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Allina Health Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Redivus Health Launches State of Kansas Initiative in Partnership With The University of Kansas Health System
OLATHE, Kan. & KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Dec. 11, 2017) — Redivus Health announced today it will partner with The University of Kansas Health System to roll out the Redivus mobile clinical decision support platform to Kansas hospitals and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers starting this month. The initiative builds on a pilot program started earlier this year. “The goal of the Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative is to improve the care and outcomes of rural Kansans with heart attacks and strokes. Our rural health system partners helped develop the protocols and tools to implement evidenced-based guideline...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Revidus Health Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

San Diego Contends with Homelessness, Hepatitis Outbreak
SAN DIEGO (AP) — For Christine Wade, the tent she shared with six children, pitched in an asphalt parking lot, was far better than their previous home — a shelter where rats ate through the family's bags of clothes. "It's peaceful here," Wade, 31 and eight months pregnant, said in an October interview at the campground. A tent, of course, is not a home. But for these San Diegans, it is a blessing. Like other major cities all along the West Coast, San Diego is struggling with a homeless crisis. In a place that bills itself as "America's Finest City," spiraling real estate values have contribu...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Julie Watson, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Denver's EMS System Responds to Growing Traffic Problems
DENVER, Colo. (KUSA) - Paramedics experience the same headaches battling backups during rush hour - only their dilemmas are more life or death than just getting home in time for dinner.  The Denver Health Paramedic Division has a deadline to reach anywhere in the city in under nine minutes for 90 percent of their calls. It’s part of an agreement with the City and County of Denver and for some surrounding areas.   To make sure that’s possible, they're using new technology and changing where ambulances are staged before they respond to calls.  "The easy answer is put more resources into our s...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Anusha Roy, KUSA Tags: News Videos Operations Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Scottsdale City Council unanimously Selects Maricopa Ambulance as Ambulance Service Partner
The Scottsdale City Council unanimously voted to select Maricopa Ambulance as its ambulance service partner on December 4 following a competitive bid process. Pending final negotiations, the three-year contract will begin in February 2018 with the option for two additional three-year renewals. “The City of Scottsdale conducted a thorough, competitive bid process that enabled the selection of the best possible service for the community,” said Maricopa Ambulance CEO Bryan Gibson. “We are proud to be trusted as Scottsdale’s emergency ambulance service provider. We look forward to partnering with the Ci...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 6, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Priority Ambulance Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

LifeCare Ambulance to Offer Annual Fellowship In Partnership with Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Battle Creek, Mich. – LifeCare Ambulance Service (lifecareems.org/) has formed a partnership with Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed, http://med.wmich.edu/) to provide an annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) fellowship to medical students in the emergency medical field. Established in 2016 from donations by the LifeCare board of directors and management team, with matching funds from LifeCare Ambulance Service, the fellowship enables a WMed student to work with LifeCare Ambulance conducting EMS research or implementing a community benefit program. Upon completion, the student w...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 6, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lifecare Ambulance Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Mohawk Ambulance Service Partners with Schenectady SEAT to Enroll Eight Students to EMT Training Program
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Mohawk Ambulance Service, the largest privately-owned ambulance service in upstate New York, recently began its Fall 2017 EMT Training Course with eight students accepted from Schenectady Social Enterprise and Training Center (SEAT). The SEAT Center provides education and training programs for underrepresented populations, businesses, and communities, with a strong focus on serving young adults, ages 16-24 years old. Mohawk Ambulance works with the SEAT Center as an employer partner to accept qualified candidates into their EMT training program. Mohawk Ambulance Service has remained committed t...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 5, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

ImageTrend and CrewSense Announce New Offering
LAKEVILLE, MINN. and GRANTS PASS, ORE. - ImageTrend, Inc., a leading EMS ePCR (electronic patient care records), fire RMS (records management system) and reporting solutions provider, and CrewSense, an employee scheduling, overtime distribution and resource management platform for the public safety industry - announce today a bundled integration. Both technology offerings will work together seamlessly, improving productivity and reducing the administrative strain on department personnel. CrewSense's innovative approach to public safety scheduling and resource management will now complement ImageTrend's world class repor...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 5, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Pro Bono: Capturing Dying Declarations on Video
Should we get them on video? Dying declarations are usually made by a conscious patient who believes that death is imminent and communicates information about the circumstances surrounding their critical injury and subsequent death. In some cases, these statements may be the last best hope for capturing-and convicting-an alleged perpetrator. Normally, statements made by individuals who aren't available for cross-examination are considered inadmissible hearsay in a court of law. However, there are exceptions to this rule, and a person's dying declaration is one of them. These statements are considered much mo...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news